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The Lyndhurst

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The independent directory of local businesses serving the residents of Lyndhurst

Delivered FREE around the village In this issue: Win a family portrait adventure gift voucher Photography Competition Adventures of Nellie Recipe: Parsnip Quiche with Blue Cheese Hampshire Wildlife Trust Money saving tips from Martin Lewis

February/March 2014


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Introduction

The Lyndhurst Edition 25

Directory

Published by:

Stephen & Debbie Corney at Hampshire Publications

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Copy deadline for the April 2014 edition: 25th March 2014

Disclaimer: Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that data in this publication is accurate, the publisher cannot accept any liability to any party to loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause. The Lyndhurst Directory does not officially endorse any advertising material included within the publication. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval systems or transmitted in any form, without prior permission of the publisher.

Cover photo: Fallow deer Courtesy of Brian Pettit

Dear Lyndhurst, Welcome to your February / March edition of The Lyndhurst Directory! Despite the mixed weather we did manage to get out in Nellie, The Hampshire and Dorset Publications Campervan and this month she took us to The Solent Sky Museum. Hayden was so thrilled! Nellie, actually has her own Facebook and Twitter pages now. There is also a new fun page right here in the magazine where you can test your knowledge of the South and see if you can recognise where she is‌ so Where is Nellie? Do you want to move and need a good estate agents? A builder to create a new living space for you? A plumber to fix the boiler? Deserve a day at a hotel and spa? Need to feed the dog with a fantastic pet product? Desire a new kitchen? Have a party coming up and need catering services? Does the car need some body repairs? You can find all of these companies and much more inside The Lyndhurst Directory. There are also some articles for you: a short story by June Cook, there is a wildlife photo exhibition at Moors Valley, the Hampshire Wildlife Trust have some interesting days lined up. There is a prize wordsearch as well as a recipe so do get that all important cuppa and have a read. If you run a local club or society, please let me know, as I can promote you for free! If you have a business and would like to be included in The Lyndhurst Directory, then please give me a call. We offer free editorials with three month packages. Oh yes, do enter our own photographic competition. You could have your photo printed on the front cover! Stephen and I hope that you have a good couple of months and that the sun will return soon! Very best wishes,

Debbie & Stephen Corney Useful Numbers

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Wildlife News

News & Events FEBRUARY The Wildlife Trust’s Vision

The publication of the State of Nature report last year showed that the UK’s wildlife was not in good shape. Debbie Tann, Chief Executive of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust says, “It’s not all bad news for our two counties, but the report is a timely reminder that we must redouble our efforts to secure a future for wildlife.” Over the next five years, the Wildlife Trust needs to be even bolder than it has been in the past. We are now working to improve and protect entire landscapes for the benefit of wildlife and people, and this bold approach is called ‘Living Landscapes’. We need habitats that are bigger, in better condition and that join up with one another. This is not just a daydream. We know it can be done and we know it works. Our focus is on bigger and better protected areas that are joined up by wildlife-friendly countryside and urban areas in between. Already, the Trust has been working towards Living Landscapes in several key areas such as the New Forest and Avon Valley, Loddon and Eversley, Itchen Valley, Western Thames Basin, Test Valley, Portsmouth and Langstone Harbour. Helping nature to rejuvenate has become a key element in the Trust’s work. We have learnt that if we can restore the ecological processes that define an ecosystem, we can rely on nature to work through the details, river restoration being a very good example. Success in caring for nature is frequently linked to reviving traditional management that is often no longer economic or fashionable. In places such as Roydon Woods Nature Reserve we are reviving coppicing on a large scale. The results are impressive, and we have already seen rapid recoveries in rare plant communities and an improvement in some butterfly numbers, which had been in serious decline. One challenge is to find an economic way to sustain this woodland work into the long-term. If we can find a way, then other woodland owners may be attracted to do the same with all the benefits a better working woodland landscape brings. To achieve our goal of Living Landscapes, we need to continue to expand the land we care for. But the Wildlife Trust will only ever have direct management responsibility for a small fraction of the two counties. So we need to work with our neighbours and members to inspire them by what we do. Everyone has a part to play – from creating the smallest wildlife garden right through to managing their farm with wildlife in mind. The future is uncertain and the economic and political climate is tough, but we know our direction. As members, supporters and friends of the Wildlife Trust, your help supports us on our way. To find out more about joining the Wildlife Trust or Living Landscapes, please visit our website www.hiwwt.org.uk or call us on 01489 774400. Peter Hutchings, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Wednesday 19th at 10am - 3pm Wicked Willow at Testwood Lakes

Drop in any time during the session to have a go at weaving your own willow animal, imaginary creature or garden structure to take home. No need to book. For further details, please contact the Education Team on 023 8066 7929. All abilities are welcome. Suitable for accompanied children of 5 and over. Adults without children are welcome. Suggested donation £3 per large willow item. Sorry, no dogs.

Wednesday 19th at 10am - 3pm Big Blashford Birdwatch

A ‘Wild Day Out!’ at Blashford Lakes for 5-7 year-olds. Join the team for a winter birdwatch. We will be exploring the further flung hides and footpaths so children should be equipped (and prepared) for a good walk. Booking essential. For further details and to book, please contact Sue Shawyer on 023 8028 5102. Wild Days Out! are offered in partnership with New Forest District Council and registered with Ofsted. Admission £16 (includes a voluntary £4 donation to the Wildlife Trust).

Friday 21st at 10am - 12noon and 2 - 4pm Brilliant Birds

Come along to Testwood Lakes Centre: Morning session - Play games and look for birds in the woods. Afternoon session - Walk to our bird hides to have a go at using binoculars to spot the winter bird-life. Both sessions Make a bird feeder to keep the birds in your garden happy. For further details and to book your place, please contact the Education Team on 023 8066 7929. All abilities are welcome. Morning session suitable for children aged 4-8, afternoon session for 8-12, but all children must be accompanied by adults. Booking is essential. Suggested donation £3 per child. Sorry, no dogs. For details of all our events, check out www.hiwwt.org.uk

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Here’s a new FUN page for you!

Where is Nellie? Do you know the South of England? Can you recognise these places? These are just some of the sights that Nellie, the rather large Hampshire and Dorset Publications Campervan has travelled to in the last few months. The answers are at the bottom of the page so you can immediately see if you are right. Most are easy, but one or two maybe a challenge…? Have a go and see how many places you know! You can also follow her...

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Local Dog Boarding Company to support Hearing Dogs for Deaf People in 2014 Throughout 2014 local dog boarding company Wagging Tails will be supporting Hearing Dogs for Deaf People with the aim of raising valuable funds and awareness for the charity. Nearly 10 million people in the UK experience some degree of hearing loss. Hearing Dogs for Deaf People aim is to offer greater independence, confidence and companionship to as many of these people as possible by creating life-changing partnerships between deaf people and hearing dogs specially trained to alert them to chosen everyday sounds. Commenting on the partnership Michele Jennings, Chief Executive at Hearing Dogs For Deaf People, stated; “Hearing Dogs for Deaf People are absolutely delighted to be chosen as Wagging Tails’ Charity of the Year for 2014. We aim to help as many deaf adults and children as we can through training clever, loveable dogs and supporting them for ten years or more, and it’s fantastic to have the support of Wagging Tails in raising money and awareness for our charity. Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is funded entirely by the generosity of the public and we are really looking forward to meeting Wagging Tails’ franchisees and customers throughout the year.” Wagging Tails’ support for Hearing Dogs wil include company mascot “Bernie the St Bernard” (Company Director Jim Suswain in a dog suit) taking part in a number of running events for the charity, fund raising at shows throughout the

year, an option for owners to make a small donation to the charity when they book their dog’s holiday and a section on their website dedicated to Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Following a recent visit to Hearing Dogs headquarters in Buckinghamshire Caroline Harrison, owner of Hampshire based Wagging Tails, had this to say, “Hearing Dogs is a truly inspirational organisation. Hearing loss can be hugely debilitating and the work of Hearing Dogs has a real impact in improving the quality of the life experienced by those people lucky enough to receive one of their trained dogs. We are really excited to be working with Hearing Dogs and helping them in any way we can.” Donations to Hearing Dogs for Deaf People can be made at: www.justgiving.com/wagging-hearing-dogs

Wagging Tails owner Caroline Harrison with demonstration dog Robin from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

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A Staggeringly Good I-Deer! Do you have a dog chew that will satisfy your dog’s need to munch? You may have just found the answer! Demand for deer antler dog chews is exploding across the UK. Retailers and chain stores are finding everyone is talking about them. With 8 million dogs in the UK a recent report says that dog owners love to treat their pets to safe, environmentally friendly pet products. This is where John Palmer-Snellin’s new family run business, Staglers (Stag + Antlers!), are proving to be a local success story for Dorset. John recognised an idea as a potential business that fitted so comfortably with his interests, skill and his network of rural and countryside contacts. With his first-hand knowledge of deer, Staglers was born. John explained: “I source top quality (magnificent A grade) red deer antlers. Every one is unique and demands a different approach when it comes to cutting out specific size chews for particular breeds - exacting work!” So what’s so great about them? Every deer antler is unique! After allowing the wild male to impress and fight for his females, the antlers simply drop off every spring. Deer are the only mammals to regenerate hard bone structure, a complete new set within 8 months, year after year! This totally sustainable use of the fallen antler is keeping the deer alive and well to grow new ones each year, as well as finding a way to recycle a natural product. Totally sustainable, although obviously seasonal!

Why do owners love Staglers? Watching your dog’s passionate satisfaction ticks all the boxes – Chewing releases fee-good chemicals from the brain and keeps dogs happy, busy and occupied. They wear down slowly too, lasting longer than other dog chews Nutritious, natural and odourless to humans, Staglers are a pure quality, unprocessed, delight. Did you know they clean the dog’s teeth, rather than bung them up and they’re great for dogs with sensitive tummies. Even dogs on a diet can enjoy Staglers because they only contain a tiny amount of fat. Just when you may be getting curious they are also good for puppies teething, but supervision is always recommended. With a great Facebook page and online website to purchase, here are some of John’s happy customers’ comments:

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TRADE: The Little Pet Biscuit Company • Sold loads of Staglers at our fi rst event with them today and several ordered through our website...a great start *very happy face* • Someone came along and rummaged around in our box of Staglers for about 10 minutes. Eventually he found one he liked and bought it. I put it in a bag for him and asked: ‘what’s the name of the lucky dog?’ to which he replied: ‘It’s not for the dog...it’s a new handle for my walking stick’!!!!! Go figure! Versatile Staglers! The husband and wife team have found the demand for their deer antler dog chews quite astonishing. Trade accounts are opening up around the country and they flew off Pets Corner’s shelves. Staglers are now available throughout the Country but as nature intended, antlers may be in short supply around March & April as we await new “stock” to drop off. The brand is yet another success story from Dorset achieved with the help and support of their friends!

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Wildlife enthusiast reveals secrets of creating stunning photography Award-winning photographer Tony Moss revealed an impressive knowledge of local wildlife at Moors Valley Country Park, near Ringwood on 24th January. Speaking at a special preview of the British Wildlife Photography Awards exhibition,Tony, whose photograph of a Bearded Reedling was Highly Commended in the competition, took a packed audience on a journey to some of his favourite locations as he explained how he works with the natural rhythms of each animal to capture his stunning imagery. His Highly Commended shot was taken at Weymouth’s Radipole Lake. “I like to set myself a project,” said Tony. “I heard the birds during a summer visit to the Park and their stunning call really stuck in my mind. It has a ringing, zinging quality that once heard is never forgotten. However with 80 hectares of reed bed I knew it wouldn’t be easy to get the photograph I really wanted. I also knew it would have to be a winter shot as the birds feed on ground insects in the summer and are rarely seen. It took me several visits to the Park, in some pretty cold weather to secure this shot so I was really delighted it was Highly Commended in the competition.”

Tony’s advice to would be wildlife photographers included pointing out that there was an awful lot of luck in photography, “But the more time you put in the luckier you get!” Around 90 stunning images of British wildlife form the British Wildlife Photographer Awards exhibition and can be seen at Moors Valley Country Park until 8th March. The exhibition opens daily and admission is free, but parking charges will apply. For more information go online to www.moors-valley.co.uk or call 01425 470721.

Katie Davies Countryside Interpretation Ranger at Moors Valley Country Park with Tony Moss and his Highly Commended image

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Photography Competiion

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Photography Competition! Are you an amateur photographer? Do you have photos of scenery in Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch, Southbourne, Ferndown, Wareham, Swanage or even the New Forest? Would you like to see your photo on a front cover, in print on thousands of magazines as well as have your own photo with a small article about you inside the magazine? Well, then this competition is for you! If you would like to enter please email, in a high resolution, your photos to photos@hampshirepublications.co.uk. I have already had some quite remarkable photos given to me, so go on give it a go. Every month there will be a different photo featured and we look forward to featuring your photo!

Lucy’s recipe corner

CHICKEN & VEGGIE RISSOLES You can serve these rissoles with mashed potato or salad and they make a super tasty tea for after school! Preheat the oven to 180°c or 160°c fan. Mix the mince, sweetcorn, cheese, sauce, carrot, onion and mushroom in a bowl.

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Using 1/4 cup mixture at a time, roll the mixture into a burger shape. You should be able to make 12.

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Put them onto a plate and then once they’re all made cook them in hot oil in small batches for a couple of minutes each side. Put them onto the baking tray and bake for 15 minutes. Serve with a lovely crisp salad or some sweet potato mash.

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Now is the time to go undercover

It’s still pretty chilly during February but planting seedlings under glass (or plastic) can give you a great start for the season ahead. A bit of time and money invested now in a polytunnel or greenhouse will give you benefits for years to come. Can’t wait for Spring to come? There’s plenty of vegetables that can be started off indoors now. Jobs for February:Erect a cold frame, polytunnel or greenhouse. Plant out onion sets Sow tomatoes indoors Chit seed potatoes Sow early beetroot and summer cabbages Plant soft fruit bushes

The days are getting a little longer, green shoots are starting to appear and we’re all just itching to get out in the garden now. Just one problem it’s still likely to be blooming cold!

With both greenhouses and polytunnels you need to remember that they can become very hot in the summer and ensure that adequate ventilation is available.

Extremes in weather are typical for this month so even if we do have a warmer spell I wouldn’t be in too much of a hurry to start sowing seeds outdoors. It’s at this time of year that having some undercover growing space is a real boon - not least because it’s so much more of a pleasure working in a protected environment, basking in the glory of those few rays of sun, than it is feeling a gale force wind that seems as it if’s come straight from the arctic! If you don’t have a greenhouse, polytunnel or cold frame then why not think about investing in one now? Get it built in February and you can get a head start on many plants for the season to come.

So, now that you have this great new space what can you plant in it? Early tomatoes can be started off in pots and if you plant some summer cabbages now you can get them established and benefit from a crop by late spring or early summer. Cucumbers, beetroot, leeks and lettuces can also be sown indoors and if you want to try something a little more exotic why not plant some peppers, aubergines and even a melon?

Which is best? Consider the space available - if space is limited then a cold frame, may be a good option. Green houses can offer lots of benefits but are generally not a great idea if your garden is also the kids play area and they can be hugely expensive. On the plus side, they are not easy to get rid of so if you’re prepared for a bit of work you may be able to pick up a second-hand one very cheaply providing you are happy to dismantle and move it yourself (try free cycle). We opted for a polytunnel, which was very reasonable in price and gave us several weekends of entertainment building it. Follow the instructions carefully, don’t rush it and you’ll need at least 2 of you when it comes to putting the plastic on.

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This is also a good month to think about soft fruit . Most fruit bushes, trees and canes need time to get established before you start to get a good yield and it is easy to overlook them in favour of crops that give a quicker return. If you don’t have any fruit growing on your plot how about adding just one type of fruit each year? You could plant raspberry canes this month, or incorporate a gooseberry or blackcurrant bush into your border. If you have pot grown strawberries that have spent the winter indoors then place them outside as they will only flower after exposure to cold weather. Plants that have over wintered outside can be brought in now.


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The Adventures of Nellie The Hampshire Publications Camper Van We had a real treat this month when Nellie, the rather large Hampshire Publications campervan, took us to see the amazing planes on display at The Solent Sky Aviation Museum in Southampton. A very good neighbour of ours arrived on our doorstep one Saturday morning after reading about Nellie’s adventures at Compton Abbas. In that article I had said that Hayden, our ten year old son, keeps telling us he wants to be a pilot. Martin, our neighbour, had won tickets to the Solent Sky Museum in a local raffle and very kindly offered us the tickets to take Hayden for a day out. Well Martin, I can tell you that I have never seen Hayden quite this excited! It is possible to actually sit in the cockpit of some of the planes and you can see the sheer delight in Hayden’s glinting eyes, as he holds the controls! He was literally in his element. I wonder what he will be like after his real trip behind the controls and his first flying lesson? (Funnily enough that hasn’t been arranged yet. We don’t fancy being blown over to France in pouring rain!) I loved the morning at the museum and

Hayden strapped into the Harrier cockpit

WW1 Tiger Moth on display particularly enjoyed sitting in the Flying Boat cockpit with Hayden as well as watching the footage of the S6a which won the Schneider Trophy - Fascinating! I have to admit that I am no expert at all when it come to planes, so Chris Smith, the Supervisor from the Solent Sky Museum has provided us with some information which I thought you may find interesting. It gives you an impression of just how important the south of Britain was to the aircraft industry – and how that heritage is quickly being lost and forgotten… Here’s Chris: “The Solent region (which we define as roughly a diamond shape with corners at Bournemouth, Eastleigh, Portsmouth and Isle of Wight) was the centre of the world for aircraft development between about 1910 and 1960. “There were 26 aeroplane companies locally, and they built everything from Spitfires to jet fighters, space rockets, hovercraft and helicopters. Solent Sky Museum has roughly 20 airframes representing these companies, including our recently completed Schneider Trophy exhibition, including the Supermarine

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Sat in the cockpit of “Beachcomber” S6a which broke the world closed-circuit air speed record in 1929, at 325 mph. The Spitfire was designed and built just down the road from the museum. 22,000 were built during WWII, 8,000 of those in Southampton – even after the factory was bombed, production moved to carpenters’ workshops and bicycle shops. In the museum we have a Mk24 Spitfire – one of the very last to be built, and the fastest and most powerful of them all. “The Sandringham flying boat represents the Empire Airways flying boats which flew from Southampton to the British Empire. Southampton was the world’s largest flying boat port, and the very word ‘airport’ comes from here. Built as a Sunderland bomber in 1943, our flying boat, ‘Beachcomber’, was modified to carry Chariot submarines and was later

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converted to a passenger aircraft. She flew the world’s last scheduled flying boat service in 1974, making her the last of the great flying boats. “We have two jet fighter cockpits – a Harrier jump jet and Supermarine Swift. Visitors are encouraged to strap themselves in, and then flick all the switches and pull all the levers while making jet-fighter soundeffects, thus fulfilling our EU requirement to have ‘interactive’ exhibits. Our jet fighter collection includes the world’s only jet-fighter-flying-boat, the Saunders-Roe SRA/1.”

The museum is jam packed with exhibits If you want more information about the Solent Sky Museum please do visit their website, which can be found at www.solentskymuseum.org. I believe they are in need of some sponsorship too, so if you have a passion for planes and want to help, please let them know! Of course we had our customary cuppa in Nellie by the sea at Town Quay watching the very active port in action. We were lucky this time with the weather, having blue skies and a warm day. Did you recognise where the photo on page 8 was taken? Where will Nellie go next? Find out in the next edition of The Lyndhurst Directory! By Debbie Corney whereisnellie @whereisnellie


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Money Saving Tips

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LEWIS Tackle your bills

Winter is coming. Don’t wait until you’re knee-deep in the white stuff to sort your bills. Here, prevention truly beats cure – tackling your bills now means you can take the financial bite out of winter chills… Free loft insulation and even boilers (for some). While the loft insulation free-for-all's ended, some will still be entitled to some serious free energy-saving measures. Most of the big six energy firms offer free boilers, typically worth £2,000, and free insulation, usually worth about £300. Crucially, you don't need to be with the energy provider to get it, but you do generally need an income under £16,000, and to be on income-related benefits or pension credit. I can’t definitely say you’ll qualify, but it is worth checking. Alternatively, the wellmeaning but stuttering Green Deal initiative is designed to let you pay for things like underfloor heating, double glazing and solid wall insulation, from the 'savings' you make on energy bills. Deciding whether it’s right for you is complex, so for full help read www.moneysavingexpert.com/greendeal

comparison on any Ofgem-approved comparison site – just search for The Confidence Code at www.ofgem.gov.uk to see the full list. If you're not online, use a comparison with a phone service, such as Energyhelpline on 0800 074 0745, or uSwitch on 0800 051 5493. Paying energy bills by monthly direct debit’s up to 6% cheaper. If you can, do, as it’ll usually mean discounted bills of up to 6% less, so contact your provider to check. Though always do regular meter readings for accuracy, as your bill is estimated. If it’s too high, you have a right to ask for it to be lowered. Got electricity only? You can still save. With electricity only, you can still get a cheap fix to save just follow the info above. For those on Economy 7, assessing is trickier. It’s only really a boon for those who use at least 40% of their energy at night. If not – don’t bother. Full help to decide at www.mse.me/eco7

Can you find your stopcock? No sniggering - winter frozen pipe bursts can create an Save £100s and beat the hikes. average £7,000 of damage, often worsened as many Rather surprisingly, fixing energy, where you lock in a set scrabble round searching for their stopcock - the mains rate, is now cheaper than a normal switch. Five of the big water off switch - for ages as their home floods. six energy providers have now announced hikes, and their best new prices are costlier than the cheapest fixed Take the time to find it now – mine is under the kitchen sink. Others find theirs in the bathroom or inside a tariffs. So right now you can get the very cheapest deals cupboard. If yours isn’t working, you may want to call a available, and it comes with no-hike certainty. plumber now, before it’s a problem. The only exception to this is a variable (ie, subject to Choosing between heating and eating? hikes) tariff from minnow Spark Energy – though it hasn't If you're seriously behind, or in general financial hardship hiked (yet?), needs paying upfront, and feedback ain't - as far too many are after the hikes - you may be eligible great, so I’m ignoring it. for special help. Call the Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 The cheapest fix comes from E.on for a year, but slightly longer and only a touch more are deals from EDF or Npower. Crucially, these two have no exit penalties. So on the off-chance the Prime Minister delivers the price cuts he’s promised, and the even more unlikely event that they’ll be so substantial that other tariffs elsewhere are cheaper, you'll be free to leave. However, always do the numbers for your own circumstances. To check if you can save (you may be on an older, cheaper deal), and who your winner is, you can use my Cheap Energy Club top fixes comparison at www.cheapenergyclub.com, or do a standard

66 99 to check. Plus if anyone in your home was born on or before 5 January 1952, you're due up to £300 in taxfree winter fuel payments. Payments should be made automatically, but if you’ve never had it before then you may need to register - see www.gov.uk.

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                                                                                              

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                      

                                        

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At Sea

by June Cooke

‘Nan you must try it, quick. Quickly come and look.’

My grandson was so excited he couldn’t stand still. I let myself be led out from the cabin but I felt less certain that I was going to be as overjoyed as he was. Just as I expected, my daughter and her husband had been planning something big for my birthday. I looked up at it. How am I ever going to have the nerve to get inside it, let alone use it? They were all standing there looking so pleased with themselves. ‘Well, what do you think?’ asked my daughter Rachel, with a great grin on her face, ‘we’ve sorted out the licence and everything.’ ‘My goodness,’ I managed to say ‘you really shouldn’t have. I’m quite happy swimming around or taking the dinghy.’ ‘Shall I give you a demo?’ put in Rachel’s husband. ‘It’s really quite easy, even you could…I mean, I didn’t mean to sound…’ We had all gathered on deck, and were staring at the first solarpowered, individual flyer that any of us had seen close up. Other affluent families had had them for a while but they had never landed near us. ‘It’s for you Nan,’ my grandson piped up again, ‘but dad said you might take us for a run with you…’ he added hopefully. There was a pause as I gathered my courage. ‘Well, this looks wonderful,’ I said, hoping I sounded more confident than I felt. ‘Let’s get started.’ Dubiously, I regarded the minute seating area and the footplate. The upright struts appeared so fine, so insubstantial. ‘Just pop up beside me and I’ll show you,’ encouraged my son-inlaw, David. ‘I’ll come, I’ll show Nan how to do it, Dad.’ put in little Newt. He must have been only about four or five at the time, and bursting to have a go. I was shamed into stepping onto the machine. It was much more straightforward than learning a whole new set of skills, like when I first used a computer. David hadn’t exaggerated. He showed me the lever for taking off and landing. The same mechanism was also used for change of direction.

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29 It all seems so long ago, that first trip. I suppose we had been forced to take to the air, since the waters of the coastal regions had got so crowded. Just like the doom and gloom merchants had been warning us for years, the sea had risen. Large tracts of the earth are now buried below the waves. Everyone we know, lives on government sponsored houseboats. The source of energy for the individual flyers, lffies for short, is controlled by turning solar panels on and off. The machines are surprisingly light. It is like travelling on a giant thistledown. It still leaves me speechless with its grace and utter peacefulness. What a wonderful sense of release to leave the motion of the waves behind, if only for a brief time. I still have the flexibility to land directly on the sea, as an inflatable dinghy can be directed to burst for the from the central pole, which acts as a mast and everything adjust to becoming part of an elegant boat, a miracle of design really. As I look out of the porthole today, the sky is awash with these machines, but at least the inventor ensured that they are unable to move faster than a swimmer. My grandson, Newt, is ten now, and has just passed his test. He’s spinning overhead at this very moment. Round and round the boat he’s going, but this won’t keep him satisfied for long; soon he’ll want to be off across the seas to see if the rumours of rising land masses are really true. Secretly I hope not. I remember the old world with noisy, fast cars, so dangerous - and you wouldn’t believe the cost of the fuel! Still all the roads would have to be re-built and the factories to make the cars. That old world is a long way off. Surely we wouldn’t be so foolish as to reinvent it. ‘Nan! Nan!’ ‘Yes, love.’ ‘Did you see me? I’m getting so fast aren’t I?’ ‘Yes dear, very fast.’ June belongs to a local writing group. She’s a regular poet, and artist but here she tries her had a forward-looking short story. If you are a budding writer and would like to send in a short story, we would love to hear from you!

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Index of advertisers

Your quick guide to everyone and everything in your Directory... Blinds & Shutters Ashley Blinds..................................................... 5

Hearing Aids & Services Kellear Hearing................................................. 7

Builders & Carpenters Andy Willcocks..................................................23 New Forest Home Improvements..................... 7

Hotels, Spas & Restaurants Bath House Spa at New Park Manor................ 7 The Cloud Hotel................................................17

Business Opportuinities Diana Devereux................................................24

Kitchens Kitchen Transformations..................................19 Portman Stone.................................................. 9

Catering Services Amuse Bouche..................................................11 Community News Adventures of Nellie............................................20 Community First New Forest...............................26 Hampshire Wildlife Trust.................................... 6 Dog boarding campany to support Hearing Dogs.....10 Lyndhurst & District First Responders.................26 Martin Lewis: Tackle your bills............................22 New Forest Association.......................................26 New Forest Meddlars..........................................26 New Forest Organ Society...................................27 New Forest Scottish Country Dancers.................27 On your plot: Now is the time to go undercover....10 Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New Forest.......................................27 Recipe: Chicken & Veggie Rissoles....................16 Short Story: At Sea............................................28 The Countryside Education Trust......................27 Wildlife photography exhibition at Moors Valley....14

Letting Agents & Property Management Penyards........................................................... 2 Mobile Motor Repairs Up-2-Scratch.....................................................19 Pet Products & Services Staglers: A Staggeringly Good I-Deer...............12 Wagging Tails...................................................11 Plumbing & Heating First Choice Heating & Gas............................... 1 Puzzles & Competitions Photography Competition................................16 Prize Wordsearch..............................................25 Where is Nellie?................................................ 8 Renewable Energy Solutions Nick Good Property Services.............................31

Dentists Solent House Dental Centre.............................. 9

Roofing Forest Park Roofing..........................................11

Estate Agents Penyards........................................................... 3 Spencers of the New Forest..............................32

Solicitors Abrams Collyer.................................................15 Heppenstalls.....................................................17

Farm Shops Lisaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Larder......................................................19

Stamps, Coins, Postcards & Collectibles Rushstamps of Lyndhurst..................................23

Funeral Directors R Hallum...........................................................24

Windows, Doors & Conservatories New Forest Home Improvements..................... 7

Garage Doors Skandoor........................................................... 5

Worktops Portman Stone.................................................. 9

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Are you looking to let your property? At Spencers of the New Forest we give a blue ribbon service without all the corporate red tape. Our success lies in our knowledge – of our clients, of property and of the area. Having successfully found tenants for homes in the Lyndhurst area we are looking for new properties to satisfy increasing demand. Should you be considering letting your property we would be delighted to hear from you.

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February 2014 edition of The Lyndhurst Directory

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